Nate's Reviews > The Alchemy of Air: A Jewish Genius, a Doomed Tycoon, and the Scientific Discovery That Fed the World but Fueled the Rise of Hitler

The Alchemy of Air by Thomas Hager
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Mar 15, 2010

really liked it

A great story that most people know nothing about, but should. Nitrogen is abundant in the air, but frustratingly difficult to fix into a form farmers can use as fertilizer. Two German scientists figured out how to do just that in the early 20th century, and their efforts fueled both two great wars, as well as the expansion of the world's population over the next 100 years to a figure previosuly unthinkable. Presently, massive "Haber-Bosch" plants dotted around the world labor 24 hours a day to churn out fixed nitrogen, consuming an astounding 1% of the world's energy; this is Fritz Haber and Carl Bosch's story.
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message 1: by Julie (new)

Julie Lambert Hi this book one that Dad would like? He reads constantly...and once I get to the bookstore I'm never sure what to get him. If you have any other reccs. for him let me know....L,Mom

Nate Yes, dad would like this book a lot. It's really interesting. I'll let you know if I think of others he would like.

message 3: by Julie (new)

Julie Lambert GREAT !!! thanks soooo much! I hate to just "guess" what he might like when I go to the bookstore....He is golfing with the guys for the first time is the first day the course has been open...I feel like I sent him off to kindergarten! Hope it goes well for him...L, Mom

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